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Arts centre STUK

Together with Neutelings Riedijk Architects, we were at the helm of the major renovation of arts centre STUK.
  • Architect: Neutelings Riedijk Architecten i.c.w. Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: Kunstencentrum STUK

  • Surface: 10.000 m2

  • Timing: 2002

  • Status: Executed

  • Photographer: Sarah Blee

  • Advisors: Daidalos Peutz (building physics), Roelandts & Rys bvba (theatre techniques), Dirk Jaspeart (stability)

From old to new

The existing Arenberg Institute consisted of interconnected buildings around a central courtyard, on a steep slope between two streets.

For STUK, two of the least usable wings of the complex were replaced by a new structure that housed the technically complex performance spaces.

All public spaces open onto an intimate central courtyard that functions as the heart of STUK. A system of outdoor spaces traverses the complex diagonally, creating a semi-public route from one street to another.

In contrast to the uniform and sober use of materials on the outside, STUK's interiors are diverse and exuberant. Each performance space has a strong character, with padded, black leather-covered walls, corroded steel slat walls or crates of unplaned wood.
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An Alice in Wonderland complex emerges, behind every door a new, mysterious world unfolds. The oiled concrete walls of the large theatre hall with their zigzag pattern resemble draped theatre curtains. The performance hall's stage overlooks the courtyard through a large window and becomes a projection screen or stage for the whole complex, connected to the outdoor space of improvised stages and stairs.

The city within the city as theatre comes alive again.
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  • 2 theaters voor dans en toneel, ensembletheaters
  • filmzaal
  • dansstudio
  • muziekstudio's
  • workshops
  • tentoonstellingsruimte
  • café-restaurant
  • kantoren

Onze architecten

From Team Architecture (private sector Antwerp, Limburg, Flemish Brabant and Brussels) (2)

Jan Moens kennispartner 3379

prof. arch. Jan Moens

General Director
Head of Research & Development Department
Managing Director
E-mail |
CHOICE 569 A2001

ir. arch. Nadja Van Houten

E-mail |
STUK 15 3 23 569 A7790 Large

In 2023, the STUK received a sustainable and inclusive refresh.

Our future needs to be more sustainable and inclusive - that applies to every sector, including the arts. With the renovation of its infrastructure in 2023, STUK put its money where its mouth is.

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